As I was exploring new apps, such as Hometalk, my internet searches were more catered towards related items. Also, I realized that there's a Hometalk website! Dreams do come true.
Within Pinterest, Hometalk shared an ad that I was quite impressed with. A DIY suggestion showed up in the 'For You' tab in Pinterest, meaning that it is a suggestion catered to the user as oppose to searching for it. Less hunting for me to do for a potential DIY project! I saved it to my DIY pins that I mentioned here.
I bring this up because it relates to this week's tool that I used. This week's tool surprised me, and I hope its a nice surprise for you too if you're reading this. Our internet views are based on our internet views. Read that again..
Creepy, right? What we view on the internet is how our future news and information is decided.
Over the course of the last couple months, DIY has been something that I have liked, tweeted, searched, read, re-read, favourited, bookmarked - you name it! - so it makes sense that this is also what I'm seeing more of on social media platforms.
A guilty pleasure of mine is Facebook Marketplace, so as I was scrolling (for longer than I would like to admit), the sponsored ads took me be surprise. But based on what we know about how the internet decides what you see, it makes sense. This is what I saw - an ad for Home Depot DIY projects. Hover over each image for more information.
I found this one day, screenshot it when I saw it because it looked like a good idea. I like to collect DIY ideas and then decide on one for the week. And, if I'm ever at a lack of ideas at the moment, I can search in my collection of ideas - usually just my photo album on my phone. But then a couple days later when I wanted to refer back to the project idea, I didn't realize that the ad would be gone. This was an amateur mistake.
I didn't think to look for all the instructions the first time I saw the ad. This "tool" may not be the most reliable for DIY projects. From this experience I learned that among the many tools available to me on the internet, not every one is going to work. For me, this might be frustrating, but it is something that I would encourage my own students to persevere through.